ROBIN MILFORD (1903-1959): Mass for 5 Voices, Op. 84, MAURICE DURUFLÉ (1902-1986): Requiem for Choir, Organ and Cello, Op. 9.
Catalogue Number: 01O052
Label: Stone Records
Description: Milford's 18-minute mass was written between 1945 and 1947, possibly inspired by hearing Kodály's Missa brevis on the radio. It's modal character combined with enharmonic modulations and chromatic side-slips make it rather difficult to perform and a far piece off from the composer's reputation as a cheery melodist. Christine Rice (mezzo), Mark Stone (baritone), Guy Johnston (cello), Tristan Mitchard (organ), Choir of Somerville College, Oxford; David Crown.